Automotive Technology Program

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The Automotive Technology program is designed to provide training in the repair and maintenance of today’s high tech vehicles. The Automotive graduates will be trained in entry level skills of mechanical, electrical, fuel systems, power trains, brake systems, air conditioning, engines, and diagnostics. Upon completion of the program, graduates are awarded an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree.

The Iowa Central Automotive Technology Program is NATEF Certified.

Career Outlook

According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor there are over 120,000 job openings in automotive dealerships alone. To reflect this, we normally have 6-8 jobs each semester within an hour’s drive of Ft. Dodge that we can’t fill. There are many directions and opportunities that come from this degree. Below is a list of where our graduates have placed jobs in the local areas.

  • Dealerships
  • Independent Shops
  • Transmission Shops
  • State and County Shed
  • Ethanol Plants
  • Implement Dealers
  • Tyson
  • Silgan
  • Goodyear/Firestone/Sears

Automotive Technology Scholarships

In addition to General, Foundation, and External Scholarship opportunities there are many other scholarships available for Automotive Technology Program students. Check out the links below and see what scholarships might be available for you!

Course Schedule

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
MAT-743 Technical Math*
3.0
AUT-108 Intro to Transportation Technology
3.0
AUT-503 Automotive Brake Systems
3.0
AUT-610 Auto Electrical I
4.0
AUT-164 Automotive Engine Repair
4.0
AUT-879 Automotive Lab I
1.0
 
Total Hours: 18.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
AUT-304 Manual Transmissions
4.0
AUT-205 Automatic Transmissions
5.0
AUT-404 Steering & Suspension
4.0
AUT-172 Advanced Engine Repair
2.0
XXX-XXX Humanities/Social Sciences Elective*
3.0
 
Total Hours: 18.0

Third Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
AUT-856 Scan Tools
1.0
AUT-658 Automotive Electrical II
3.0
AUT-538 Advanced Braking Systems
1.0
AUT-831 Diesel Hybrid
3.0
AUT-659 Automotive Advanced Electrical
3.0
AUT-704 AC & Heating
4.0
XXX-XXX Communications Elective*
3.0
 
Total Hours: 18.0

Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
AUT-828 Automotive Ignition Systems
4.0
AUT-835 Automotive Fuel Systems
4.0
AUT-801 Engine Performance
4.0
AUT-882 Automotive Lab II
3.0
XXX-XXX General Education Requirement*
3.0
 
Total Hours: 18.0
 
Automotive Technology A.S. Degree Total Hours: 72.0

Optional

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
BUS-113 Workplace Readiness
1.5

*Course must be chosen or substituted from either A.A., A.S., or Approved General Education list for Applied Science and Technology.

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